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Old 03-16-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Sleep mode vs. turning off

Somebody posted an interesting question on the Kindle forum, asking whether people turn the Kindle off when not using it, or just put it to sleep.

I have never bothered to turn it off, as I assume that nothing is actually happening during sleep mode, so why bother. I can't believe battery life is much affected either way.

However, now I am wondering if there is any significant advantage to turning it off instead of letting it go to sleep when not using it for a while.

Anybody know for sure?
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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Since I don't have a Kindle, well, does it turn off?
The Sony 500's screen turns off after an hour with no input. What about the Cybook and the iLiad?
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Somebody posted an interesting question on the Kindle forum, asking whether people turn the Kindle off when not using it, or just put it to sleep.

I have never bothered to turn it off, as I assume that nothing is actually happening during sleep mode, so why bother. I can't believe battery life is much affected either way.

However, now I am wondering if there is any significant advantage to turning it off instead of letting it go to sleep when not using it for a while.

Anybody know for sure?
I used to always turn mine off, but I've found that while the Kindle is idle it is indexing any new items or items that have been transferred, ie. if I move a book from Kindle memory to SD card it has to be reindexed. Indexing uses a lot of battery power so it's best to let it index while pugged in.

Other than that...no not much difference. I now tend to let it go in sleep mode overnight being sure to keep it plugged in just in case something is going to be indexed.
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One other thing to note, if you leave it on it will continue to poll the buttons to look for input, so if you accidently leave it under something that is pressing buttons on the face it will kill your battery.
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I sent an email to amazon about this very subject, and here is their reply. There seems to be no difference, as I suspected, so you can do whichever you want with no worries.

"Because the screen is is inactive there is no significant difference
between having your Kindle turned off or in sleep mode as long as the
wireless is turned off.

However, we may release kindle firmware updates which are downloaded
and installed while the kindle is in sleep mode with the wireless on."
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